Dogs love food, that’s no secret, but not all food is good for them. Even some fruits should be avoided, so what about watermelons? Can dogs have watermelon? Let’s find out!
Can Dogs have watermelon?
The good news is that, dogs can, have watermelon.
However, there are some things you should know before giving any to your dog.
Before giving watermelon to your pooch, the skin and rind of the fruit should be removed along with the seeds. I will go into further detail of why you should do this later in this article.
Is watermelon good for dogs?
Watermelons are 92 percent water, so they make a really great, refreshing and hydrating treat for you and your dog on a hot day.
One cup or just one slice of watermelon has just 40 calories, zero fat and zero sodium. They are loaded with vitamins and nutrients, such as, Vitamins A, B6 and C, plus calcium and potassium.
They are high in fibre which helps with digestion and also helps to slowly absorb the natural sugar in watermelons, avoiding spikes in blood sugar levels.
Vitamin A help to maintain healthy teeth, soft tissue, mucus membranes, skin and eyesight in low light conditions.
Vitamin B6 helps create antibodies to fight disease, promotes normal nerve function and maintain blood sugar levels.
Vitamin C helps to maintain, repair and grow tissue throughout the body as well as healing wounds and repairing teeth, bones and cartilage.
Potassium is used for building muscle and maintaining growth.
Antioxidants, which help to decrease inflammation and gives your pups immune system a boost. These also then help to reduce the likelihood of contracting diabetes, arthritis or possibly even cancer.
It is also believed that watermelons may help to prevent heart disease, improve the health of muscles and help to regulate blood pressure.
Can dogs eat watermelon?
As with all foods, watermelon should be eaten in moderation, too much can cause stomach ache and diarrhea in dogs and humans.
The skin of the watermelon is tough and difficult for dogs to digest, this poses the risk of a blockage in their digestive system. The risk of a blockage increases the smaller the dog.
The seeds of the watermelon should be removed before giving to your dog as again, they could cause a blockage in their digestive system, especially with smaller dogs. Or optionally, you can buy seedless watermelons to avoid having to remove the seeds yourself.
The rind can cause stomach ache, be difficult to digest and if not chewed fully can also cause a blockage.
Any blockage will not only be painful for your dog, but may also require surgery.
If your dog has accidentally eaten any seeds, rind or skin and displays symptoms including but not limited to choking, vomiting, lethargy or constipation, seek veterinary assistance immediately.
Best ways to feed your dog watermelon?
Always check with your veterinarian before giving your dog any human food. If they agree to them having it, obtain their advice on portion sizes and how often they can have the human food.
If your vet gives the go ahead to your dog eating watermelon. Remove the skin, rind, seeds and cut into bite sized cubes suitable for your pup.
If they haven’t had it before, start with a small amount and see how they get on.
On really hot days try freezing watermelon as an even more refreshing treat for you pooch.
Try adding some small chunks to a dog treat dispenser or puzzle toy to keep your dog mentally stimulated.
Only give your dog fresh watermelon. Anything other than fresh, may contain added sugar, chemicals or even xylitol.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener which is highly toxic to dogs, just a small amount can cause liver failure, seizures and even death.
Remember, treats should only make up about 10 percent of a dog’s diet.
Can dogs have watermelon?
Yes, they can, just be sure to remove the skin, rind and seeds, then cut into small enough cubes and don’t go giving them too much.
Always check with your veterinarian first, before giving dogs human food, including, Can dogs have watermelon?